New Baby octopus

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I just got a new octopus from Live Aquaria. It had inked in the bag just a little so I had to do a rush on the start of acclimation.

Its still acclimating now. Because it only inked a little bit I was able to just flush the bucket with tank water which cleared up the ink and allowed me to slow things down and give it the proper acclimation time it will need to relax and not be so stressed.

When I first got him there was no ink in the bag and he was quite active so I have hope that he will be ok once in the tank.

Size wise I would say his mantel is about 1.5 inches maybe, but I havent gotten a good look at him. Since the start was really rough I am gonna take the rest of the process really slow, maybe give it 4 hours.
 
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LOL this makes 2 right now. I will be getting one other one from Joe-Ceph in a few days :biggrin2: I love keeping multiples. I am not sure on species yet though it does have horns. I am pretty sure it is either A. aculeatus or A. abaculus but I didnt see any of the standard stripe pattens that I saw with HP or Mystique so we will see. The only colors I have seen are solid brown and solid black lol.

This one is as small if not smaller than Mystique was when I first got her.

I did notices at least one arm has some damage to the tip. Maybe about 1/2 to 1 inch of the tip was missing.
 
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Baby is eating. I put a fiddler in with her during acclimation and when I checked right now she is eating and seems ok so thats a BIG YAY! I actually think thats gonna be her name. I like it! :lol:

(I have no idea if she is in fact female- I simply like to refer to my octos as she-hope this doesnt cause any gender confusion for her :biggrin2:)
 
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Baby is in the tank and hiding. This is the jumpiest octopus I have ever had. She inked in the bag... she inked when I put her in the tank. I worry that shes not going to fair to well in the tank that shes in. Its located in my living room and gets a lot of foot traffic.

Shes been hiding since I put her in so thats a good sign.
 

SueAndHerZoo

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I can certainly relate to the difficulty in taking photos/videos and of not being able to find or see our new pets.

It's so frustrating trying to find my three little fry a few times a day. They are so tiny and can curl up and hide in the empty barnacle shells on the rock. Or inside an empty snail shell. Sure, I could remove that stuff to make it easier but I really want them to feel comfortable and have places to hide if that's what they need to do. But since they are so young I need to make sure they are still alive, hopefully thriving, and would love to see them actually eat something in front of me so I can have some peace of mind, so the search continues several times a day.

I spent a couple hours yesterday trying to get footage of them but holding the camera, a flashlight and sometimes a magnifying glass didn't produce any worthy results. Today one of the three was hanging out in a more open space for quite a while so hopefully as they get bigger and more comfortable with their surroundings we will see our cephs more? One can only hope!
Sue
P.S. Sorry, didn't mean to hijack your thread
 

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